15th Istanbul Art Biennial: Artists in Istanbul grapple with migration
Volkan Aslan, Video: Home, Sweet Home.
Ayla Jean Yackley features artistic positions around the refugee crisis in the frame of the 15th Istanbul Biennial on Al-monitor. The works of Volkan Aslan, Olaf Metzel, Mahmoud Obaidi and Victor Leguy are the focus of Yackleys descriptions of migration-topics in the official program of the Biennial. The exhibition “Welcome to Homeland” by Halil Altındere and the Mahalla Festival are mentioned as central activities of the Biennial’s Parallel events.
The Wandering Tower is the title of a surrealist short story by Sergej Prokofiev from the times of vivid migration movements on the edge of the world wars.
The Festival was quoting the title as a metaphorical frame for Mahalla 2020/2021. The tower of Babel is connected as a motive to the search for the origin of language and the access to the divine.